Brothers Cling to Hope for Man Missing in Building Collapse

NEW YORK (AP) -
A pile of debris remains at the site of a building explosion in the East Village neighborhood of New York. (APPhoto/The New York Times, Nancy Borowick, Pool, File)
A pile of debris remains at the site of a building explosion in the East Village neighborhood of New York. (APPhoto/The New York Times, Nancy Borowick, Pool, File)

The brothers of a man missing in the Manhattan building collapse say they’re clinging to hope as much as possible.

Restaurant worker Moises Ismael Locon was reported missing after Thursday’s blast. DNA testing is being done to determine whether remains recovered Sunday are his.

Thirty-year-old Alfredo Locon said Tuesday that if they are, he and his brothers will “have to accept reality.”

Another brother, 21-year-old Zacarias Locon, says that while family is nearby, Moises has still longed to see loved ones in their native Guatemala.